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FILE - In this March 15, 2020, file photo, Toronto Blue Jays minor league baseball player Jesus Navarro, left center, wears a mask while he prepares to fly home along with his teammates from the Dominican Republic at Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Fla. Unlike the NFL, NBA or Major League Baseball that can run on television revenue, it's impossible for some minor sports leagues in North America to go on in empty stadiums and arenas in light of the coronavirus pandemic. These attendance-driven leagues might not play again at all in 2020, putting some teams in danger of surviving at all and potentially changing the landscape of minor league sports in the future. (Octavio Jones/Tampa Bay Times via AP, File)

At least 9 MLB teams pledge more stipends to minor leaguers

May. 28, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — At least nine major league franchises have informed minor leaguers they will continue to provide allowances after the May 31 expiration of Major League Baseball’s policy guarantying those players $400 per week. The San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners are promising payments through...

Del Mar to race earlier in July and without fans

May. 28, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Del Mar will open its summer racing season on July 10 without fans in attendance and follow safety protocols to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club said it will race on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays pending the approval of the California Horse...

FILE - In this April 14, 2010, file photo, former West Texas A&M University assistant football coach and former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf leaves the courtroom in Amarillo, Texas, after he was sentenced to 10 years of probation after pleading guilty to eight felony drug charges in Texas. Leaf was arrested Friday, May 22, 2020, on a domestic battery charge in Palm Desert, Calif., which is about 110 miles southeast of Los Angeles, according to booking information provided by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department on Saturday.  (Michael Norris/Amarillo Globe-News via AP, FIle)

Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf arrested in California

May. 23, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

PALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested in Southern California on Friday. Leaf, 44, was arrested on a domestic battery charge in Palm Desert, which is about 110 miles (177 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles, according to booking information provided by the Riverside...

In this May 5, 2020 photo, workers in full protection gear as a precaution against the new coronavirus, unload a coffin that contain the remains of a person who died from the new coronavirus, in an area of the municipal cemetery set apart for victims of COVID-19, in Tijuana, Mexico. Citing a threat of the virus from Mexico, the Trump administration has banned hundreds of thousands of people from crossing the southern border with emergency measures that prohibit nonessential traffic and reject asylum seekers without a hearing. (AP Photo/Joebeth Terriquez)

In Mexican border cities, many fear virus is coming from US

May. 23, 2020 9:09 AM EDT

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Adrián Alonso Gama lived life on both sides of the border, until he got the coronavirus. On weekends the 37-year-old truck driver would stay at his parents’ home in Tijuana. Thanks to his U.S. green card, he lived in his own place in San Diego during the week, delivering...

A San Diego police official passes on motorcycle as two women drink at an beachfront restaurant Friday, May 22, 2020, in San Diego. Millions of Californians are heading into the Memorial Day weekend with both excitement and anxiety after restrictions to control the spread of coronavirus were eased across much of the state. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Loosened restrictions, holiday weekend to test California

May. 22, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — George Cruz relaxed at an outdoor beach restaurant as a waitress wearing a face covering rushed by, carrying a tray with a Pina Colada in a pineapple-shaped cup. An employee in a face covering stood nearby with cleaning supplies in his gloved hand, ready to sanitize any empty tables. The...

A tent sits in front of the El Centro Regional Medical Center to help process patients with symptoms related to the new coronavirus Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in El Centro, Calif. As much of California inches toward businesses reopening, this farming region on the state's border with Mexico is grappling with a spike in hospitalizations from the coronavirus that could inflict more pain on its perpetually struggling economy. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Virus cases spike in California county on Mexican border

May. 21, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

EL CENTRO, Calif. (AP) — As much of California begins allowing businesses to reopen amid improved coronavirus conditions, a farming region bordering Mexico is experiencing a spike in hospitalizations that some believe is driven by American citizens who live in Mexico coming to the U.S. for care. How...

This undated photo provided by Ala' Khan shows Jonathan Simcosky, from left, Maya Mansour, Ala' Khan and Hadar Cohen, posing for a selfie while watching a sunset in celebration of the start of Ramadan in Los Angeles.   The four roommates moved into a five-bedroom, five-bath house in Los Angeles’ Koreatown neighborhood earlier this year. They come from different faiths: Baha’i, Christianity, Islam and Judaism.   They live rent-free in a new interfaith experiment known as the Abrahamic House. (Photo courtesy of Ala' Khan via AP)

Four roommates of different faiths face a pandemic together

May. 20, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Hadar Cohen, Ala’ Khan, Maya Mansour and Jonathan Simcosky arrived as strangers, ready to embark on a new interfaith journey. The four roommates moved into a five-bedroom, five-bath house in Los Angeles’ Koreatown neighborhood earlier this year. They come from different...

US starts flights to take deported migrants to Mexico City

May. 20, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. government has resumed an old practice of flying deported migrants back to Mexico City, though it apparently did not promise to test them for coronavirus before sending them home. The first flight landed Tuesday, and video showed migrants sitting on a packed airplane, and...

Death of 74-year-old in immigration jail is seen as suicide

May. 19, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A 74-year-old South Korean man died of apparent suicide at a U.S. immigration detention center after advocates said they unsuccessfully sought his release, citing a high risk of his being infected with the coronavirus. Choung Woong Ahn was found unresponsive in his cell Sunday at...

Hilda Trejo, left, and Sara Vargas Lopez wear face masks as they sell tlacoyos and sopes in a partially-open public market in the Xochimilco district of Mexico City, Friday, May 15, 2020. As Mexico moves toward a gradual reactivation of its economy Monday, the number of new coronavirus infections grows higher every day, raising fears of a new wave of infections that other countries have seen after loosening restrictions. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

The Latest: Probe suggests more virus deaths in Mexico City

May. 19, 2020 2:04 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Probe suggests many more virus-related deaths in Mexico...